Hanne Boel

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Hanne Boel in 2009.

Hanne Boel (born 31 August 1958 in Bagsværd, Copenhagen) is a Danish singer.

Boel covers in her songs a range of styles including pop, soul, gospel, rock, and jazz. Over the course of her career, she has sold over 2.5 million records,[1] and has had great success on the Scandinavian charts, although her work is less well known throughout the rest of the world.


Boel graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1980, and then spent a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In the five years following her return to Denmark, she divided her time between singing with the Danish funk band Blast, performing as a choir soloist, and teaching music at a variety of schools and clinics.

In 1987, Boel recorded a jazz album, Shadow of Love, with Jørgen Emborg, Mads Vinding, and Alex Riel. The following year Boel released her own album, Black Wolf, which featured performances in the R&B/soul vein. The album was a great success, winning her the Danish Music Award for Danish Female Singer of the Year. Her 1990 follow-up album, Dark Passion, won four 1991 Danish Music Awards: Album of the Year, Singer of the Year, Hit of the Year (I Wanna Make Love to You), and Producer of the Year (Poul Bruun).[2]

Over the subsequent two decades, Boel has released 15 additional albums, and continues to enjoy success in Scandinavia. Her two most recent albums mark a return to a more jazz-influenced genre.[3]


Blast albums[edit]

  • 1983: Blast
  • 1986: Blast 2
  • 2005: Replay

Solo albums[edit]

  • 1987: Shadow Of Love (Boel/Emborg/Winding/Riel)
  • 1988: Black Wolf
  • 1990: Dark Passion
  • 1992: My Kindred Spirit
  • 1992: Kinda Soul
  • 1994: Misty Paradise
  • 1995: Best Of Hanne Boel
  • 1996: Silent Violence
  • 1998: Need
  • 1999: Strangely Disturbed
  • 2000: Boel & Hall (with Martin Hall)
Year Album Peak positions Certification
2002 Beware of the Dog 1
2004 Abaco 2
2007 Private Eye 7
2008 A New Kinda Soul 8
2010 I Think It's Going to Rain
(with Carsten Dahl)
2011 The Shining of Things 24
2014 Outtakes 18


  1. ^ Frokjaer, Troels. "http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/27420". Retrieved 28 February 2012. External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "http://www.allmusic.com/artist/hanne-boel-p211269/biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2012. External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Thomsen, Anders Houmøller. "Hanne Boel: The Shining of Things". Jyllands-Posten, March 14, 2011 Retrieved 2011-04-25
  4. ^ "Hanne Boel discography". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2014.

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